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Expectant father in coma for a month after being hit by suspected impaired driver dies

(Wilson family)



AMERICAN FORK — A man in a coma for nearly a month after being hit by an allegedly impaired driver has died.

Spencer Wilson, 31, was stopped at red light in American Fork on April 20 when a vehicle traveling an estimated 60 mph slammed into him without braking, according to charging documents.

Jacob Clair Huff, 36, of Provo, who told police he was consuming alcohol either on his way to or just after he attended a Narcotics Anonymous meeting — which he went to because "he had hoped to meet an attractive woman" — was originally charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a serious accident.

On Friday, his charges were amended in 4th District Court to include automobile homicide, a second-degree felony; leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, a third-degree felony; being an alcohol-restricted driver, a class B misdemeanor; speeding and having an open container in his vehicle, both class C misdemeanors.

Wilson was headed home from work about 8:20 p.m. on April 20 when he was stopped at 620 South 500 East in American Fork and a Chevrolet Trailblazer came up quickly from behind him.

"Crash investigators did not observe any evidence of braking on the roadway prior to the Trailblazer crashing into the rear of the stopped Nissan Sentra. The force of the impact pushed the Nissan Sentra through the intersection, over a curb, and into a parking lot where pedestrians had to move to avoid being hit," the charges state.

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Wilson's vehicle hit a second vehicle, a pickup truck that was parked, before coming to stop, according to the charges.

He suffered neck and head trauma and an internal brain bleed, the charges state. Wilson was rushed to a local hospital where he was placed on life support while in a coma. According to family members who set up a GoFundMe page* for Wilson, "He had emergency surgery and a shunt put in his brain which helped relieve the pressure and the bleeding in his brain."

After the crash, Huff walked away from the scene and was found by police about a mile away. Officers could smell alcohol on his breath, the charges state. His blood-alcohol level was later measured at .084, in addition to his blood testing positive for meth according to the charges.

Empty and unopened cans of alcohol were found in the Trailblazer as well as a cup in the center console that smell of alcohol, the charges state.

Huff has a long history of impaired driving and drug abuse, according to court records.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Dixie, who is pregnant with their first child.


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